^^^ Exactly. Couldn't have said it better myself. Sometimes three little taps on a bell can be just as effective as a short roll or something.Instead of using fills, you can create some tension before a chorus or a bridge with just the hats/snare/bass drum by adding some dynamics, colors and textures to the original groove, very often is as good as a fill and it keeps the flow going.
Alternatively, most fills can be broken down using different limbs and different sources on the kit, and although the "pattern" is the same technically, it will sound completely different. Playing the "same" fill but just adding/removing notes can make it sounds different too, as using different subdivisions, often the music dictate what's best suited for a particular song.
I mean no dis-respect, but I think this is the wrong way to go about it from my standpoint. Having a list of fills that you play only leads to looking for places to use those fills and wrenching them in because you heard a passage where fill 71 might fit.I subscribe to the "bag of tricks" idea, where you have built up numerous small fill ideas, and eventually you are able to make "full size" fills out of those little patterns, and mix them up so you get a pretty wide array of combinations.
Think of it this way: a trumpet only has three keys, but there are 8 possible up-down combinations. Similarly, you could have four distinct one-count phrases, and make 24 unique 1-measure fills (assuming 4/4 time).
Yes folks, drumming is a magic trick!
This is actually a great way to break out of a rut. 5 to 4, 5 to 6, whatever numbers....just change up your drums a little so that you've broken that fill up. I'm not saying change them permanently, but experiment. Do it with cymbals, too. Take out a rack tom. Change things up a bit.I switched from a five piece to a four piece. It kinda forced me to play a little differently on the fills.